Wednesday, October 08, 2008
White Sugar Now Coming From Genetically-Modified Sugar Beets
One of the things that I try very hard to buy is non-genetically modified foods. A lot of foods are being altered for a variety of reasons, none of which has anything to do with being healthier for consumers. Big chemical companies push the "benefits" of plants that are resistant (read poisonous) to bugs and weeds. Sounds great for the farmers - less work tending their crops - but who knows what the long term health consequences may be. And now they go after sugar...
This year saw the first commercial planting of genetically modified (GM) sugar beets in the United States, with that sugar to hit the food supply soon after. Farmers across the country will soon be planting Monsanto's Roundup Ready sugar beet, genetically engineered for resistance to Monsanto's herbicide glyphosate (marketed as Roundup). John Schorr, agriculture manager for Amalgamated Sugar, estimates that 95 percent of the sugar beet crop in Idaho will be of the new GM variety in 2008, or a total of 150,000 out of 167,000 acres. Finish the article here >